By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
It won’t be a Wednesday night to remember for Bubba Wallace after being taken out on Lap 17 of the All-Star Open at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Coming down the back stretch, Wallace was running in fourth but faced pressure from behind as Michael McDowell and William Byron was hot on his tales.
Then disaster struck as McDowell clips Wallace at the entrance of Turn 3, destroying Wallace’s No. 43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. McDowell would get hit from Byron, sending him around but was able to continue his race. The incident brought out the only caution of the segment as Wallace got out of his wounded machine unharmed and credited with a 21st place result.
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Once checked and released from the infield care center, Wallace channeled his inner Robby Gordon as he was pissed at McDowell and won’t be putting up with his “good guy” persona.
“Oh, it’s just disrespect,” said Wallace. “When you get hook right rear into the wall. I don’t even need to see a replay. Look at that shit!
“People say (McDowell) is one of the nicest guy in the garage. Can’t wait for the god fearin’ Texan he’s going to send me about preaching, praise and respect. What a joke he is!”
Moments later, any sign of love was non-existent as Wallace left his bumper onto the No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops hauler, knowing that making the main event by either winning a segment or the Fan Vote were gone.
Aric Almirola won the opening segment and will move onto the All-Star Race for the third time in his career. Byron took the second segment victory and will too compete in the main event for the second straight year. McDowell failed to make the main event after finishing eighth in the final segment.